Over the off-season, Tim Alderson went back to an old throwing program he used in high school, long tossing from distances of 300-350 feet in order to rediscover the arm strength he lost in 2009. The Pirates were able to get him from the San Francisco Giants in 2009 after his velocity dropped and his stock fell in the organization. However, Alderson's prospect status hit bottom in 2010, as he was demoted from Double-A, and then later struggled in high-A.

In 2011, Alderson entered the season in the Altoona bullpen. He had success as a reliever in the first half, seeing a velocity increase to the upper 80s, and seeing his sharp curveball return. In the second half he struggled, with his velocity falling back to the mid-80s.

With the help of the new throwing program, Alderson was throwi...

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